When viewed in the context of the fundamental purpose behind all of our efforts in many fields of research and in the arts to find purpose in life, this concept of a God-invented journey of faith…leading to an understanding of the knowledge of good and evil that simply eating the fruit from a tree in the Garden of Eden could not possibly fully achieve…rises to the very top of all philosophy, science, history, politics, economics, and religion.
By the practice of following Torah alone (easily susceptible to becoming corrupted into autonomous self-rulership apart from God) the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus…sadly and tragically miss faith.
The Jews were supposed to do both…follow the Law and walk in God-composed journeys of faith. In missing the all-important half…an adventure of faith…these Jews in the first-century time of Jesus were in the most profound way missing their special heritage of personally experiencing the faith journey of Abraham the father of faith.
Spirit-born Christians today must be careful not to make the same mistake by exclusively following institutional Christian church practices as their sole experience, while neglecting a genuine adventure of faith following Jesus Christ after the pattern of God-composed life-scripts recorded for us in the pages of the Bible.
If biblical narrative stories of faith correspond on a one-to-one basis with the Jeremiah 31:31-34 promise that new covenant believers will all know God personally from the least to the greatest…this then is of such fundamentally basic importance that it explains the spiritual opposition of the culturally reinforced, universal humanistic bent of “going astray” (Isa. 53:6) to follow our own path. It explains the tragically impulsive jump at a knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden…taking us in the wrong direction…all the way throughout human history down to Martin Luther’s discovery in scripture that the just shall live by faith, in contradiction to the institutionalized rituals of pilgrimages, relics, and indulgences invented by man as a clever but worthless detour from faith.
If God has individually composed journeys of faith for every believer, and these detailed and distinct programs of faith life-scripts are purposely previewed for us through the lives of Abraham through Paul recorded in the Bible…then we have identified the singular, higher purpose behind the driving motivation to discover evidence of purpose and meaning in the makeup of the universe.